Rwanda : MINEAC to form integration clubs in high schools
As one of the activities for the EAC week, the Ministry of East African Affairs MINEAC will launch integration clubs in high schools to work as a stimulus for the students to understand the EAC integration process.
According to Minister Monique Mukaruliza, the clubs will help enhance knowledge among the student communities and also back home.
“The clubs will help the students inform themselves about the EAC integration agenda and process, and will in turn work as information agents back home,” said Mukaruliza.
The clubs will be formed during the EAC week which is in the spirit of widening and deepening EAC integration agenda.
The week comes as directive that was passed that every Partner State conducts annual EAC week as part of sensitizing its citizens on EAC projects and programmes to increase awareness on integration agenda among East Africans.
The week which starts on October 27 will run under the theme: “Mainstreaming EAC Integration into National Development Plans.”
MINEAC says that the theme of mainstreaming was selected because the lessons learnt from first Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS I) showed that Regional Economic Integration was not harnessed enough to contribute to the economic development of Rwanda.
As a result during the launch of the elaboration process of EDPRS II, His Excellency Paul Kagame highlighted the importance of Regional Integration.
The EAC week also aims to update Rwandans on Rwanda’s achievements, progress and challenges from EAC integration as well as preparing MDAs and Local government for mainstreaming EAC integration into government plans and highlighting its implications for the development of our country.